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    Attention Employers!

    The following information is a message from
    the Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training:

    Today, we released the 2017 Real Jobs RI Solicitation for Planning Grant Proposals to begin a second round of funding for the Real Jobs RI program.

    Real Jobs RI, part of Governor Gina M. Raimondo's jobs plan, is a competitive workforce and economic development grant program that funds partnerships of employers and other partners to identify industry workforce challenges and design and implement solutions. These solutions get Rhode Island employers the talent that they need while providing good paying jobs for Rhode Island workers.

    Applicants for the Planning Grant will submit a proposal that outlines how they will identify and work with employers and other partners to create an industry-driven workforce training plan. Planning Grants provide funding to develop the workforce training plan.


    RI Department of Labor and Training publications:

    Does your company have highly skilled workers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Commercial Design fields?
    Those employees may be eligible for help
    with their student loan burden!

    The RI Commerce Corporation has opened up the application period for their Wavemaker Fellowship program, which provides student loan assistance (up to $6,000) in the form of tax credits to qualifying individuals working in a STEM or commercial design field in the State of Rhode Island. For more information about this opportunity or to request additional resources, visit, or reach out to Jillian Butler, Wavemaker Fellowship Director, at  

    Application Deadline is June 23

    Funds Available for Hiring Employees!

     Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston has received funds for hiring employers from the Governor’s Workforce Board.  These funds are earmarked for you. Our job is to give them to you.

    When you hire and train an unemployed candidate in a full time position, who you recruited from your own search efforts, you’ll receive 50% of your new hire’s training wages for up to six months. You do NOT have to hire from our referrals.  The program is called the On the Job Training Program.  $7500 maximum per hire.

    -Impact your bottom line-
    Join the many other RI employers who have benefitted from this program and save thousands of dollars that go right to your bottom line.

    -The Training Agreement-
    Simple and Easy: A training outline is all you’ll need to provide and we’ll take care of all the details!
    Fast:  A one week turnaround from beginning to end, prior to placing your new hire on payroll.
    Please email or call Fran Dickervitz at (401) 680-8578 for more information and help us do our job for you!   

    Workforce Readiness Links to Resources

    Review the Workforce Readiness Newsletters 


    Meet the Workforce Development Committee Members - Learn more about our committee by clicking the name below:

    Debra Quinn ●  Amie Brunelle 

    Marianne VanWinte ● Chryso Kolokotroni  ● Helen Bond 

    Questions? Email